Sunday, 31 August 2014

Family portrait @ Aurora Studio

Finally I have the time to properly blog about this! It's been a month since we took this and now digging through for the photos hubs took.

As mentioned previously, bro Ryan gave me a birthday voucher worth RM199 for a Professional Studio Photoshoot for up to 6 people at Aurora Studio. This Groupon package includes:
1 hour shooting time 10 edited photo
10 original photo
High resolution softcopy in cd
10 X 4R photo print 2 X 8R photo print
So hubs decided we should make time for a family portrait here. I was all excited about it as we managed to book during the short school holidays, took leave and got Angels here.

That morning was hectic getting Angels ready, everyone looking fresh and we were on our way. After a few wrong turns, thanks Waze and Maps, we finally reached the studio! They were busy with some personal portraits when we arrived so we were promptly ushered to the waiting area with a form to fill in.
The tons of photos to choose from...
After awhile, it's our turn! Our photographer, Chong, took tons of photos of us in many different poses, styles, etc while patiently guiding the amateur us LOL! I know for sure that Princess was totally enjoying it but not Tyger as he kept complaining of jaw aches due to smiling for long! Once done, our photos were uploaded onto their computer in order for us to choose. It was a much tougher task as there were many adorable photos of Angels! In the end, hubs topped up so that we could just have more softcopies of the photos. As for the photos from the package, I'm still waiting for their SMS for collection as it apparently takes about 30 working days.

The studio
Make-up area
Senior photographer Chong and the boss Grey
If you are interested, you can contact either Grey or Chong. Honestly, they replied all my emails (as it's not convenient for me to call) with a gazillion questions! They are friendly chaps. Anyway, fret not, you get what you pay for so no worries. We were definitely happy campers!

Aurora Studio
28-1, The Trillium (Lake Field), Jln Tasik Utama 7,
57000 KL.
603-9054 6754
www.aurorastudio.com.my

Friday, 29 August 2014

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Sew: pyjama top

This was 1 of my abandoned sewing project, a pyjama top for Tyger. Finally completed it and thankfully it's still big enough for him to wear ^.^ Pattern was from an existing pyjama he had which was also sewn by my SIL, Annie, but he has outgrown it so I have enlarged it for him. It actually comes with the pants which was completed aeons ago!

What I've used:

  • 100% cotton fabric from Ikea

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Crochet: Hello Kitty purse

There are 2 versions, a small one like a coin purse and the other bigger can be used as a sling purse. I made the small one and it's pretty easy.

What I've used:

  • white colour yarn (Nona 100% acrylic)
  • beige colour yarn (Minlon 100% acrylic)
  • yellow and black colour felt
  • velcro

I got this free pattern from here:
http://vivianescroche.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

MPOV: The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is an intelligent and sarcastic Indianapolis teenager coping with terminal thyroid cancer that has metastasized to her lungs. Believing her to be depressed, Hazel's mother urges her to attend a cancer patients' support group at a local church to make friends. During a support meeting, Hazel meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a teen who had suffered from osteosarcoma which caused him to lose his leg. The two bond immediately after the meeting and Augustus invites Hazel to his house where the two bond over their similar interests and views on cancer. Before departing, the two agree to read each other's favorite novels. Hazel recommends to Augustus An Imperial Affliction, a novel about a cancer-stricken girl named Anna that parallels Hazel's own experience. After Augustus finishes reading her book, he is frustrated upon learning that the novel ends abruptly without a conclusion. Hazel explains the novel's mysterious author, Peter van Houten, had retreated to Amsterdam following the novel's publication and has not been heard from since.

Weeks later, Augustus reveals to Hazel that he has tracked down van Houten's assistant, Lidewij, and, through her, has managed to start e-mail correspondence with Van Houten. Hazel writes to van Houten with questions regarding the novel's ambiguous ending to which van Houten replies, explaining that he can only answer Hazel in person. Hazel proposes the trip to her mother, but is rejected due to financial and medical constraints. Later, Augustus surprises Hazel with tickets to Amsterdam, attained through a charitable foundation similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, namely The Genie Foundation.

Days before the trip, Hazel suffers an episode of pleural effusion and is sent to the ICU, prompting her doctors to question the safety of overseas travel. The medical team argues against the trip but eventually complies with Hazel's parents to accommodate her travel. When Hazel and Gus first get to Amsterdam, they go to a restaurant and find out that Van Houten paid for a meal and champagne on their behalf. Augustus then confesses his love for Hazel that night. Hazel and Augustus finally meet van Houten, but are shocked to find that, instead of a prolific genius, he is a mean-spirited drunk. Lidewij confesses to having arranged the meeting on his behalf, angering van Houten, who proceeds to insult Hazel's cancer and refuses to answer any of her questions. The two leave the author in anger and disappointment.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

I have not read the book nor the spoiler hence I didn't know the actual storyline. Watching this movie is refreshing, entertaining and of course, with buckets of tears! It's a beautifully written sad love story and the storyline was predictable at some point yet unexpected at others. Really enjoyed it and the message inscribed in me was YOLO which is so so true. Carpe diem folks.

Rating: 5/5
Directed by Josh Boone
Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Genre: a romantic comedy drama based on the book by John Green

Friday, 22 August 2014

Lost Animal Souls Shelter

I've recently come across a new shelter and they are in need of funds. The below taken from their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LostAnimalSoulsShelter
Do support these shelters. These unspeakable animals need more rescuers to save their abandoned, lost selves.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

MPOV: Maleficent

An elderly narrator tells the story of Maleficent, a very strong and powerful faerie living in the Moors, a magical realm bordering a human kingdom. As a young girl, she falls in love with a human peasant boy named Stefan, but his mutual affection for Maleficent is overshadowed by his ambition to become king. As they grow older, Stefan stops seeing Maleficent. After Maleficent defeats the current king in battle when he attempts to invade the Moors, he offers to name whoever kills her as his successor. Stefan overhears this, goes to see Maleficent and deceives her into thinking that he has come to warn her of the king's plot. He drugs her and attempts to kill her, but cannot bring himself to do so. Instead, he burns off her wings using iron (iron is lethal to faeries) and presents them to the king as proof of her death. Maleficent rescues a raven named Diaval to serve as her informant and he reports to her that Stefan has been crowned king. The realization that Stefan betrayed her to gain the throne devastates Maleficent and in retaliation, she declares herself queen of the Moors, forming a dark oppressive kingdom with Diaval as her one companion and confidant.

Some time later, Diaval informs Maleficent that King Stefan is hosting a christening for his newborn daughter, Aurora. Bent on revenge, Maleficent arrives uninvited and curses the newborn princess: on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, which will cause her to fall into a death-like sleep. After Stefan is forced by Maleficent to beg for his daughter, she offers a caveat: the curse can be broken by true love's kiss. Terrified of Maleficent's vengeance, Stefan sends Aurora to live with three pixies until the day after her sixteenth birthday, while he destroys and burns all the spinning wheels in the kingdom and hides them in the deepest dungeon in the castle. He sends out his armies to find and kill Maleficent, but she surrounds her kingdom with an impenetrable wall of thorns.

Despite her initial dislike for Princess Aurora, Maleficent begins to care about the girl when the neglectful pixies fail to do so. After a brief meeting with the young Aurora, Maleficent watches over her from afar. When Aurora is 15, she meets Maleficent for the first time and calls her her "faerie godmother", as she recalled being watched over by her all her life. Realizing she has grown fond of the princess, Maleficent attempts to revoke the curse, but cannot as she herself had declared that "no power on Earth can change it". Aurora later meets Prince Phillip, and the two are smitten each other, but have little opportunity to build a relationship. On the day before Aurora's 16th birthday, Maleficent, hoping to avoid the curse, allows the girl to move to the Moors, far away from any spindles. The pixies, however, inadvertently tell Aurora of her parentage and of Maleficent's true identity, and a furious Aurora runs away to her father.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Ok, I admit I'm a sucker for fairytales!!! I love happy ever after and what nots! So when I heard this movie is about the evil witch from Sleeping Beauty, especially since Angelina Jolie is THE witch, so I had to watch it. TBH, Maleficent is made for Angelina Jolie! She is perfect as Maleficent, no qualms about it, totally fit the role and I totally enjoyed the movie. The storyline was good and the other casts were great too... ok ok, Angelina practically eclipsed them lah. Definitely an entertaining movie to watch with nice sceneries albeit CGI infused.

Rating: 3/5
Directed by Robert Stromberg
Starring Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton
Genre: 2014 American fantasy film

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Crochet: Bonbon Kisses Pouch

I so love this pattern... a cute and sweet coin purse! It was completed quite fast but took me a while to find the right size kiss clasp.

What I've used:


I got the free pattern from here:
http://www.mooglyblog.com/bonbon-kisses-crochet-pouch-video-tutorial/

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